STAOP aims to support strengthening governance and promoting transparency and accountability.The Government of Liberia has prioritized promoting transparent and accountable governance in its national development strategy, as a key tenet for enhancing good governance.
The STAOP programme aims to support the achievement of the Agenda for Transformation and the objectives of the UN Development Assistance Framework for Liberia (2012-2017); which prioritizes strengthening governance and promoting transparency and accountability.
It aims to contribute to government and other actors’ efforts to strengthen corruption prevention, transparency and accountability in Liberia; and
It aims to provide support to both state institutions and civil society organizations to increase transparency and accountability in governance processes by (i) establishing a broad consensus on need for incorporating the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability in governance (ii) strengthening institutional capacity and coordination to promote transparency and accountability and curb impunity (iii) creating opportunities for civic engagement to monitor public sector and engage in transparency and accountability mechanisms.
It works through and with the Liberia Anticorruption Commission (LACC), the key Agency charged with spearheading the fight against corruption in Liberia.
Specifically, STOAP Program aims to build the institutional capacity of LACC; strengthen systems and processes as well staff capacities for investigating and prosecuting corruption; and build anticorruption coalitions among civil society organizations and ordinary citizens to increase transparency and accountability in governance processes.
What have We Accomplished So Far?
The investigative and prosecutorial capacities of the LACC have been enhanced and the number of investigators and prosecutors increased from 2 prior to 2017 to about 6 investigators in 2017.
13 cases were investigated in 2017 as compared to 2 prior to 2017 and 5 cases were prosecuted as compared to 2 prior to 2017.
A State-of-the-art cybercrime lab has enhanced LACC’s capacity to investigate cyber related and fraud cases using forensic investigations techniques (http://www.lr.undp.org/). Additionally, the upgrading of the assets declaration platform has strengthened LACC’s capacity to enforce the assets declaration regulations which has resulted in 411 officials from the Executive Branch of Government declaring their assets in 2017 (http://lacc.gov.lr/).
During the implementation period of 2017, PPCC’s E-tender Process re-engineering was enhanced and this led to the registration of 455 businesses on its Vendor Registration Platform with women owned businesses constituting 0.66% (30 women owned businesses - www.ppcc.gov.lr/vr). This achievement is largely attributed to awareness made through the erection of three giant sized-billboards with transparency and accountability awareness messages; use of radio jingles and dramas to encourage Liberian vendors (particularly women businesses) to take advantage of the 25% procurement opportunity exclusively set aside for Liberian owned businesses.
The procurement of and installation of Firewalls for enhanced internet security of the PPCC is a key achievement as cyber security threats to PPCC online applications such as Document Management System, Procurement Plan Portal, and Vendor Register no longer exists and thereby prevents or minimizes the chances of corruption.
Increased awareness by the CSOs on accountability, transparency and corruption issues has deepen the understanding of ordinary community members and the threats it poses to their existence.
Four CSOs (FIND, IREDD, LMDI and DEN-L) used various forms of engagements including debates among students, radio talk shows, jingles, dramas, and training of CBOs to engage community members, to increase the level of awareness surrounding accountability, transparency, integrity and corruption issues in Liberia. (www.lmdilib.org and https://www.frontpageafricaonline.com/index.php/news/5398-institute-for-democratic-development-launches-stoap-project; http://www.lmdilib.org/Press_Gallery.html)